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ERIC Number: EJ1172045
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Mar
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0144-7394
Government Career Interests, Perceptions of Fit, and Degree Orientations: Exploring Their Relationship in Public Administration Graduate Programs
Bright, Leonard
Teaching Public Administration, v36 n1 p63-80 Mar 2018
Scholars have long suggested that the degree orientations of public administration programs were related to the attitudes and behaviors of students, even though empirical research had failed to confirm this relationship. The purpose of this study was to re-examine this question from the standpoint of perceptions of fit. Using a sample of approximately 500 students enrolled in 26 master's degree programs across the country, this study confirmed that the degree orientations of graduate programs were indirectly related to career preferences, through perceptions of fit in government organizations. Students who were enrolled in degree programs that required fewer core method related courses were associated with positive perceptions of their fit in government organizations, which subsequently was associated with a greater likelihood of seeking employment in local, state, or federal levels of government. The implications of this study for public administration programs and government service are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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